suzerainty

suzerainty

[soo-zuh-rin-tee, -reyn-]
noun, plural suzerainties.
1.
the position or authority of a suzerain.
2.
the domain or area subject to a suzerain.

Origin:
1815–25; < French suzeraineté, Middle French suserenete, equivalent to suseren suzerain + -ete -ity

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suzerainty (ˈsuːzərəntɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  the position, power, or dignity of a suzerain
2.  the relationship between suzerain and subject

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